Story collection from Bloody Scotland, plus new award for female crime writers, and author band The Slice Girls to perform
The Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival has announced a partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, which will be publishing their first book of fiction, Bloody Scotland, to be launched at Stirling Castle on the festival’s opening night.
Bloody Scotland will include a selection of stories by Scottish crime writers such as Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves, Louise Welsh, Lin Anderson, Gordon Brown, Doug Johnstone, Craig Robertson, E S Thomson, Sara Sheridan and Stuart MacBride, with stories set around Scotland’s iconic sites.
These will feature murder in an ancient broch, a macabre revenge tale among the clamour of an eighteenth century mill, a psychological thriller set within the tourist throng of Edinburgh Castle, and an 'urbex' rivalry turning fatal in the concrete galleries of an abandoned modernist ruin.
James Crawford, publishing and research grants operational manager at Historic Environment Scotland, said: "With the Bloody Scotland book we are bringing together two of Scotland’s greatest assets – its heritage and its crime writing – in a unique collaboration. So much of our special storytelling culture has come from authors taking inspiration from our unique buildings and landscapes.
"And we wanted to explore this head on, challenging 12 of our top crime writers to set their stories in and around Scotland’s most iconic sites and structures. The results are sensational, and are already creating a buzz internationally ahead of publication – North American rights have been sold, with interest coming from many other territories as well."
During the festival McDermid will announce the winner of the New Female Crime Writer Award, launched by Virago in association with The Pool. The prize will be awarded to an unknown female writer who will get the chance to read from her book to an audience before her book is published.
Sarah Savitt, deputy publisher at Virago said: "Virago – home to incredible crime writers including Daphne du Maurier, Patricia Highsmith and Stella Duffy – are thrilled to be part of Bloody Scotland this year. A vibrant festival dedicated to celebrating both new and established crime talent feels like the perfect place to announce the winner of the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award. We can’t wait to introduce the festival audience to our new crime writer."
Also during the festival, four of the Slice Girls, crime writers AK Benedict, SJI Holliday, Louise Voss and Steph Broadribb, will perform.
Alex Sokoloff, American author and founder of The Slice Girls, said: "We're always happy to lace up our corsets and stilettos and get up on the bar to represent the dark feminine heart of crime."